Healthy vulture population signals sound ecologyBy Indira Aryal
The first Saturday in September each year is celebrated as International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) to create awareness about the decreasing numbers of vultures and their importance in the ecology. Vultures are an ecologically important group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas where they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction, experts said. Vultures are the most efficient scavenging birds which play a highly important ecological...
Habitat degradation causing human-wildlife conflictBy Indira Aryal
Rising forest destruction and degradation has forced wildlife to live near human settlements, increasing the chances of human-wildlife conflict. Leopard (Panthera Pardus), which has been frequently spotted inside the Kathmandu Valley, is one of the major sources of human-leopard conflict. Besides their search for mates, experts believe that leopards have travelled further in search of food due to degradation and fragmentation of their habitats caused by rapid urbanisation.
BCN launches feeder scheme to conserve urban birdsBy Indira Aryal
Birds are widely ignored in urban areas even though there are many species found in urban setting. Though hundreds of bird species inhabit the Valley, most are not sighted in the market areas with the absence of suitable habitat and food items for them.
Kailali harbours 23 per cent of total bird species of NepalBy Indira Aryal
Kailali district hosts a large number of bird species -- 114 -- in total of biome restricted assemblage (a significant component of a group of species), which is about 23 per cent of the total recorded species of the country. Out of the 496 bird species recorded in Kailali, 21 are globally threatened, according to a recently published book “Birds and Birding Hotspots of Kailali.” The book is written by Ornithologist Hiru Lal Dangaura of Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and Daya Ram Chaud
Thimi undergoes exemplary heritage restorationBy Indira Aryal
The cultural and historical sites of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality in Bhaktapur district have witnessed significant facelifts and renovations over the last four years. The efforts made by the local body in the reconstruction of archaeological and historical heritage are remarkable.
Safe Abortion Vital for Women's HealthBy Indira Aryal
Getting safe abortion and family planning services easily in remote parts of Nepal is still a far cry for many rural women. For many women in those areas, the process of abortion still costs a lot and sometimes they even risk their lives. Poverty, not having m
Nepal headed to double tiger population by 2022By Indira Aryal
Global Tiger Day is celebrated every year on July 29 to raise awareness about the importance of the endangered big cats as well as to express solidarity in protecting them and their natural habitats. As per the announcement made in 2010 by the International Tiger Forum in Russia, Tiger Day is celebrated for the conservation of tigers’ habitats, raising public awareness about its importance in the ecosystem, raising issues for their conservation as well as appreciating and encouraging efforts in...
Early warning key to minimise monsoon risksBy Indira Aryal
The nation has suffered massive devastation in a week after the monsoon rains began, killing at least 18 and maiming others, mostly in the hilly and mountainous districts. Scores have gone missing.
Large herd of elephants enters Nepal from IndiaBy Indira Aryal
On June 10, a group of 40 to 45 elephants entered Bardiya district in Lumbini Province of western Nepal, coinciding the news stories of a group of elephants in China embarking on their unknown journey.